NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered three exoplanets that may be capable of supporting life, and one of them is perhaps the most Earth-like alien world spotted to date, scientists announced today (April 18).
That most intriguing one is called Kepler-62f, a rocky world just 1.4 times bigger than Earth that circles a star smaller and dimmer than the sun. Kepler-62f's newfound neighbor, Kepler-62e, is just 1.6 times larger than Earth, making the pair among the smallest exoplanets yet found in their star's habitable zone — the just-right range of distances where liquid water can exist on a world's surface.
Kepler-62e and f, which are part of a newly discovered five-planet system, "look very good as possibilities for looking for life," said Kepler science principal investigator Bill Borucki, of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.(continued)
It seems the more we explore with unmanned spacecraft, the more we find the likelyhood of extraterrestrial life in the universe.
We definitely are going to need a new one in the not so distant future. We are rapidly using up the one we have.
I hope that there are civilized people on these planets with whom we can talk and find out what god or gods they believe in.
It seems to me that extraterrestrial life is a statistical inevitability. The unknown is what percentage of life bearing planets would yield a technological species....
Let's hope we don't find any! The best case scenario is that we are the only planet that has conscious creatures which has (and still does) endure the nasty process of natural selection. The worst case is that the universe is teaming with conscious lifeforms that had to go through or are still going through these insanely harmful processes. :D